If you’re looking to grow a garden filled with beauty, you can never go wrong with Hydrangeas. Long-flowering and easy to grow, these billowy blooms come in an assortment of colours, shapes and sizes, making them perfect for any garden.
Keep reading to discover which Hydrangeas are perfect for your garden with our Hydrangea garden guide.
Hydrangeas for compact gardens:
A small space doesn't mean you can't enjoy beautiful Hydrangeas. Whether you have a small town garden or just a balcony to work with, there are many prolific blooming Hydrangeas for the tightest of spaces.
One of our favourite compact varieties is Hydrangea paniculata ‘Confetti‘; a gorgeous white flowering shrub with sweet scented flowers that look spectacular in pots on the patio, terrace or balcony. Looking for some bold colour? Our Hydrangea ‘Blue Boogie Woogie’ blooms with showstopping vibrant blue flowers, and make a great display in patio pots. They also make stunning cut flowers too!
Hydrangeas for large gardens:
Need to create a privacy screen or cover unsightly bare fences? Our Paniculata Hydrangeas and climbing Hydrangeas are the perfect choice.
Award-winning, pollinator-friendly and fast growing, our Hydrangea petiolaris does it all. This climbing Hydrangea showcases classic white flowers and is the perfect shrub for growing up walls, fences or around pergolas. If you’re looking for a touch of elegance, our colour-changing Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanilla Fraise‘ produces white/raspberry pink cone-shaped flowers that transform to a red shade in the autumn.
Hydrangeas for sunny spots:
If you're looking for a Hydrangea that can handle the heat, Hydrangea Paniculata shrubs can soak up the sun all day and they are the hardiest type of Hydrangeas on the market.
Renowned for it’s reliable performance, Hydrangea ‘Limelight’is a champion in the summer sun and produces gorgeous cone-shaped flowers in a stunning lime-green shade. Perfect for sunny spots in the border or in patio pots.
Hydrangeas for shaded spots:
While most varieties grow beautifully in partial shade, here are our favourite Hydrangeas for brightening up those dull shaded spots in the garden.
Hydrangea macrophyllas, commonly known as ‘Big Leaf Hydrangeas‘ are ideal for shady spots. Our Hydrangea ‘Lady in Red’ is adored for it’s pink, lace-cap flowers and dense foliage, and makes a stunning addition to a shaded border. If you’re looking for something for pots, our Hydrangea ‘Music Deep Purple Dance’ is the one for you. Boasting velvety purple flowers in large clusters, ‘Music Deep Purple Dance’ is ideal for adding rich colour to pots and containers.
Irresistible summer shrubs. Hydrangeas showcase large, billowy blooms in an array of bright and beautiful colours and never fail to bring the wow factor to the summer garden. Easy to grow and vigorous growers, they are an easy way to create a wonderful summer display.
In this blog, discover our essential Hydrangea planting guide, from planting to aftercare, as well as our top Hydrangea varieties to plant for summer.
Where can I plant Hydrangeas?
With so many Hydrangeas on the market, from large shrubs to compact varieties, there aren’t many places these plants can’t go. For location, our advice is to plant them where they well receive morning sun and afternoon shade. Here are some ideas for where you can plant Hydrangeas:
Potted plants on the patio
How do I plant Hydrangeas?
Our potted Hydrangea plants can be planted straight away upon arrival. Here are our step-by-step planting instructions:
Plant in Spring or Autumn.
Plant in well-drained soil (if soil is heavy, add roughage such as pine bark mulch).
Dig a planting hole 2 feet wider than the plant (keep the depth of the hole consistent with the size of the plant so your plant sits level with or just higher than the surrounding soil).
Do not over water, esp. in clay soil. This can lead to root rot.
How do I care for Hydrangeas?
Water at a rate of 1 inch per week throughout the growing season. Deeply water 3 times a week to encourage root growth. Big leaf and smooth hydrangeas require more water, but all varieties benefit from consistent moisture. Watering in the morning will help prevent hydrangeas from wilting during hot days.
Add mulch underneath your hydrangeas to help keep the soil moist and cool. An organic mulch breaks down over time, adding nutrients and improving soil texture.
Apply fertiliser based on your specific hydrangeas. Each variety has different needs and will benefit from different application timing.
Big leaf hydrangeas need several light fertiliser applications in March, May and June.
Oakleaf and panicle hydrangeas do best with two applications in April and June.
Smooth hydrangea plants only need fertilisation once, in late winter.
Prune in late winter and early spring. Prune as far back as you want right above the first leaf joints. It will grow from that point onward, getting larger each year.
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Ornamental trees and shrubs can be pruned and trimmed to keep healthy and shapely.
Timing can vary significantly between different varieties, but as a general rule:
Evergreen shrubs will require little pruning unless branches become damaged. If you do find the need to remove damaged shoots on varieties such as Japanese Azaleas, Hebe Heartbreaker or Rhododendrons then it’s best to do so after flowering has finished for the season.
Deciduous shrubs and trees are best pruned in late autumn and winter, although we always recommend checking specific varieties before your start working. Some varieties will only need minor trimming such as Hydrangeas or Spiraea while clematis and climbing plants often require hard pruning.
As a starting point cut back and remove all dead and diseased wood. Always work with the natural habit and structure of the tree or shrub, to encourage continued natural growth. This can be followed up with removing any crossing or rubbing branches at the centre of the plant. By removing these branches which can act as a barrier to further growth, you will in fact improve circulation around the shrubs/tree, helping to reduce the likelihood of plant disease.
When removing stems, we suggest cutting at a little above healthy buds, cutting back around 0.5cm above. Never cut back and leave short stubs. Make all cuts perpendicular to the branch and close to the branch collar to facilitate rapid healing.